December 17, 2010 |
Israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Danny Ayalon, paints a picture of an innocent Israel yearning for peace, virtually begging the intransigent Palestinians to come negotiate so there can be a "two-states-for-two-peoples solution" ("Who's stopping the peace process?" Dec. 14). But it's one that bears no resemblance to the realities Palestinians experience and much of the world sees every day. Ayalon claims that the settlements Israel refuses to stop building on occupied land are a "red herring" and present no obstacles to peace because in the "43 years since Israel gained control of the West Bank, the built-up areas of the settlements constitute less than 1.7% of the total area.
December 16, 2010 |
Along rutted streets in newly revitalized neighborhoods hang green, red, yellow and black banners commemorating Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson, whose death more than 1,300 years ago continues to forge the identity and fuel the grievances of Afghanistan's Shiite Muslims. For centuries, Shiites, most of them ethnic Hazaras with distinct East Asian facial features, were absent from public life, regarded as an economic underclass and the target of occasional pogroms by Sunni Pashtun-dominated governments.
December 9, 2010
More than one miracle Re "Illuminating the possibilities," Opinion, Dec. 7 I appreciated reading Israeli Ambassador Michael B. Oren's thoughts on the horrible fire this week and how a global community, including adversaries of Israel, came together to help. I too was at the White House Hanukkah party and appreciated hearing President Obama send condolences to the Israeli people and promise aid and support. I hope that this will help American and Israeli Jews understand that the president has provided unprecedented security cooperation with Israel.
December 16, 2005 |
THE WHOS down in Who-ville Were a tolerant lot: Who Christians, Who Muslims -- a Who melting pot. Who Hindus! Who atheists! Who Buddhists, Who Jews! Who Confucians, Who pagans, And even Who Druze! The Who 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause Said, "No creches in courts," and the Whos loved their laws. Because somehow ... they worked. The Whos rarely fought, Mostly, each Who did just what he ought. Every Who down in Who-ville Loved the Consti-Who-tion a lot.
October 15, 2005
Re "When young Jews major in anti-Semitism," Current, Oct. 9 I am a proud and practicing Jew. I am also against governments that torture, discriminate and are founded on ethnic cleansing. My anti-Zionism is not, as Dennis Prager would have it, "a form of anti-Semitism" based on the idea "that only one country in the world is unworthy of existence." I believe a number of governments throughout the world are illegitimate, including Sudan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Israel. Yet I remain hopeful.
September 5, 2004 |
Janjaweed militiamen, accompanied by three carloads of soldiers, recently killed 111 people in one day in three villages near Bareh in western Sudan. In one of them, Terchana, "they took the cattle and burned all the village," said 42-year-old Adam, a local farmer. "They took some food for their horses and burned the rest. Helicopters came when we were burying the bodies, right after the attack. They were flying low. We could see the pilot. He killed an old woman and a horse.